Books have been written, television features have been made, and there is a number of articles about Gjefsjøen and Operasjon Rype throughout the ages. Mostly in Norwegian. Feel free to tell us if there are more stories that should be added.

Tunbalderbrå - Pineapple mayweed

How the pineapple came to Gjefsjøen

30. March 2021

In his notes from Operasjon Rype William Colby tells a story about pineapple “Our base was 30 miles away, and we reached it skiing from tree to tree, stopping only for rest. Overhead, German spotters were looking for us, and I promised the men we would lie low, keep out of sight, and sleep. But…

Almost home

“Almost home” book by David W. Earl

8. March 2021

Almost Home: The Story of the B-24 Crash at Walliwall Orkney – 31 March 1945 Paperback – 25 Jun. 2011 by David W. Earl (Author, Contributor) ALMOST HOME By David W.Earl. This book is the result of over 14 years research and tells the story behind the worst aviation accident in Orkney history, that of…

Kampen om Nordlandsbanen

Book – Kampen om Nordlandsbanen (in Norwegian)

8. March 2021

Av Frode Lindgjerdet In September 1944, Finland and the Soviet Union made peace. The German troops in Finland were forced out and withdrew through Norway. This made Nordlandsbanen strategically important. The Allies feared that this was the start of a major withdrawal from Norway and that the 300,000 German soldiers in Norway would be deployed…

Etikett Gjefsjøakevitt - Design Heidi Holje

Design and graphic artwork by Heidi Holje

20. February 2021

Label design and graphic artwork by artist Heidi Holje. In the village Kapp by the lake Mjøsa, Heidi works with different types of art, design, graphic artwork and painting. She is also a lecturer in upper secondary school and arranges different types of courses in art and painting. The design is based on original maps…

Gjefsjøen – “Where no one should believe that anyone could live”

8. August 2005

Norwegian Television NRK’s popular documentary series “Where no one should believe that anyone could live” (Der ingen skulle tru at nokon kunne bu) visited Gjefsjøen mountain farm in 2005. 22-year-old Nils Christian Gjefsjø has recently taken over his father’s farm, Gjefsjøen, close to the Swedish border in Nord-Trøndelag.

WW2 sabotage

Operasjon rype

In the last months of the war during spring 1945. Gjefsjøen Mountain Farm was a central location as part of the sabotage operation "Operasjon Rype". The saboteurs had their headquarter at the farm. Operasjon Rype's mission was to sabotage the railroad through Trøndelag and Snåsa. Today Home Guard's task force "Rype" is named after the operation.

Restoring of Operasjon Rype's headquarter

OSS Gjefsjøen

The building which was headquarter for Operation Rype was in bad shape after standing empty for years. OSS Gjefsjøen are now restoring the building. The association OSS Gjefsjøen will convey the story of Operasjon Rype which in the final phase of World War II operated from its base on Gjefsjøen mountain farm. The building will be restored in the original appearance from when Operasjon Rype was carried out.